Monday, February 28, 2011

Milani Swatches

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I've been meaning to post these for a while... I just for some reason never got around to it, and then I found them on my computer and decided that I should post them :)
Milani polishes have been increasingly getting more positive buzz lately, especially with their newest collection, the One Coat Glitters, which I purchased one of.
They had previously released a Holographic collection, and even though they've been out for about a year, they're still totally available in drugstores, which I think is fantastic. For some reason at my CVS, it's impossible to find polishes from collections from previous years in other brands. It's not that they don't get put out, or that they're always sold out, they're just hard to find. The Milani polishes are never hard to find though.
They're also reasonably priced, I believe they're sold around $4 to $6. You do get slightly less in the bottle, compared to the standard 0.5 fl oz which comes in OPI or China Glaze.
Universally, I've found that their polishes have a good drying time and are pretty opaque and only need between 2 and 3 coats.

Review: Zoya Color Lock System

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A while back, I read a post Temptalia made on Zoya's Remove + which is part of the Color Lock System, which is Zoya's full manicure set. It includes 2 base coats, a top coat, fast dry drops, a polish renewing product and a polish remover. It retails for $48 and can be purchased on their website.
I'm always in the search of a good "system" for my nails, so after months of not purchasing it because of the price, I decided to splurge during one of Zoya's many sales, and purchase the set.
This is probably one of my favorite purchases of last year. Every product that I've tried (I have yet to use the ridge filler and "Renew") has been well worth the money and totally amazing.

NOTW: "Not Like The Movies" by OPI

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This is probably one of the most difficult to photograph nail polishes ever. You really have to see it in person to appreciate all the subtle nuances of this polish. But, I tried my best :)
This is from the OPI Katy Perry Collection. This is one of the ones that was most talked about, but wasn't the one I was most excited for. Seeing it in person though definitely made me re-think which one to be excited for. 
In the bottle it's a light gunmetal gray with an intense multichrome. There's pink, green, some gold, lots of darker shades of silver. There are also tiny silver microglitters dispersed throughout the polish. When people say "oil-slick" in reference to nail polish, this is really what people should think. It actually looks like one of the oil stains you'd see on the concrete in a parking lot or in the middle of the street on a rainy day.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

OPI Texas Collection

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I told you all that if I get more of the OPI Texas colors that I'd post about them. Turns out, I only really wanted one more of the colors from the collection. I posted the other two originally in my Katy Perry post.
The new thing with this collection was OPI's "new finish" the "Sorbet" finish. As far as I can tell, from reading other blogs, is that it's like a pseudo-jelly finish. The thing is, as much as that sort of caught my attention, the colors weren't unique enough for me to want to purchase them and try them out.
I always like that OPI has themes for their collections, either celebrities, movies or cities. It's always easy to connect names back to colors and it gives you a little, and very superficial, glimpse into a culture. The other colors were very spring like... there were 2 nudes, a lighter and darker, 2 corals, an orange, a green, pinks and some purpley colors. Nothing too unique though.
For me, the unique colors in the collection were the blues. Well, I guess it's 2 blues and an off gray color. Anyways, I ordered the first two off of description basis and were please, and had to wait to purchase the other because it was already sold out online when I went to go purchase them. So I went to my local beauty supply store and purchased the third, as well as looked at the bottles and swatches of the other colors. 
OPI is between $8-$9, depending on where you purchase, unless you get them on an etailer, then it's normally between $3-$6.

Monday, February 21, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Glaze Collection

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So clearly, crackle nail polish is this year's big nail "thing". Last year I feel like it was the multi-dimensional shimmers that were all over the place (Zoya Sparkle, Orly Cosmic FX, Mac Venomous Villains etc). 
OPI just released their Black Shatter polish with Katy Perry and Serena Williams' collaborative collections, and they sold out QUICK, so it was no surprise that there was a huge buzz around the China Glaze Crackle Collection.
OPI only released a black, where as China Glaze released 6 different colors - black, gray, white, pink, turquoise and a shimmery purple.
For those who missed the OPI Black Shatter (I really don't know how if you're following this blog or anything nail polish related...) the crackle polishes are a top coat to be used on completely dry polish. What happens is the color dries almost instantly and starts to crackle/shatter up as it's drying. Very much like crackle finish for wood.
The polish actually doesn't work on just bare nails or bare nail swatches, as seen in the photo below, on the left. On the right is the same color over a yellow nail polish. See?
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I purchased my Crackles on Amazon, since I had an Amazon gift card. The user I bought it from was Pink Nails, but I don't know if they still have them in stock. All the etailers are sold out currently (I believe) but if you just search "China Glaze Crackle" on Amazon, you may be able to find something :)
As for swatches, they are after the jump. There are 3 swatches for each color, one over a yellow (Jackie Oh by Color Club), one over a sheer, almost transparent color (It's Totally Fort Worth It by OPI), and one over a gray (Stormy by Rescue Beauty Lounge).

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NHL Tutorial #13: Edmonton Oilers

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Edmonton's colors are Orange, Royal Blue and White. They also have an alternate set of colors (I have no clue what that means) which are Copper, Midnight Blue, Red and White. 
I wasn't so jazzed on the idea of doing an orange and blue look. I did one previously for the Golden State Warriors and I quite frankly didn't like it at all. I put orange on the lid and blue on the crease and it was so contrasting I didn't like it. Some people can do stuff like that and look good with it, I can't.
So I was thinking on how I wanted to do this and decided to go neutral with an orange lid, with copper in the crease and blue as a liner underneath. Orange is a difficult color to work with, in my opinion, because it can look so weird on the face if it's a true orange color. Trying to find an eye shadow color that is clearly orange, and doesn't lean towards copper, or bronze is kind of difficult. 
This would be great for people with blue eyes, but I think regardless of your eye color, if you have more warm undertones this would look great on you. Sorry to those who have cool undertones... although if you're confident enough to wear orange, more power to you. 
Full list of products after the jump!
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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mac Haul: Eye Shadows




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Along with the Wonder Woman products, I bought some shadows and a Mac 4 palette. I'm trying to expand my collection with permanent items instead of Limited Edition ones... mostly because this way I know I'll spend less and I'll be more dependent on products I know I can pick up on a regular basis lol. 
The colors I bought were in the warm brown range, and then I bought Carbon.
Although these are all fairly attainable colors, especially in drugstores, or in the Coastal Scents 88 Warm Palette, I feel like they're solid purchases because I constantly use colors like this, and since I spend a lot of time applying makeup away from home, it's easier to just relocate certain colors into a 4 palette, than bring 4 individual colors, or an entire 88 palette.
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I mainly just wanted an empty 4 palette, but Mac online doesn't sell empty ones. I also had been meaning to pick up Carbon for a while, and again, the other colors I bought are extremely wearable and colors that I will often reach for.
For 4 pans and a palette, the total is $49 on the Mac website.

Mac Wonder Woman

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Mac came out with another collaboration collection, this time with DC Comics. The collection features Wonder Woman (obviously) and all the colors are based off of her character.
I'm a big comic book fan, but haven't actually read many Wonder Woman novels. 
The interesting thing about this collection is that it comes with "super sized" products. The lipglosses, mineralized skin finishes and blushes were all super sized. Because of that, the products are also priced much higher.
There were lots of brights in the collection, which basically meant that I didn't buy very much... I'm making sure that I don't over spend by not buying products I'm never going to use.
Like many of the collaborations that Mac does, the packaging was all themed.
The collection came with brush sets, pigments, bags, eye shadow quads, lip sticks, glosses, nail polishes, mineralize skin finishes, and blushes.
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As much as I loved the concept of this collection, I couldn't bring myself to get the jumbo sized face products... I have yet to finish any of the other Mac products I own and buying a product with more in it just seemed like a waste to me. Especially because of how HUGE they are. The mineralize skin finishes are pretty much the size of my palm. And that's the product itself, not including the packaging. The pricing really wasn't an issue because per oz, you were actually paying way less than a regularly sized item.
What I ended up purchasing were just lip products... 3 glosses and a lipstick. For me the jumbo sized lip products weren't that big of a deal because I go through lip products easily.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

FOTD: Red red lips

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So I felt like doing something sultry and sexy this morning and out came the red lip. Not the same as my Valentine's lip from last year, which I LOVE, because that was with an eyeshadow as a main color and I wasn't going to have that dry of lips all day.
This was:
- Clinique Quickliner for Lips "Soft Rose"
- OCC Lip Tars "NSFW", "Vintage"
- Mac Lipstick "Dark Deed" (from Venomous Villains) lipstick
I cleaned up the edges with concealer and blended it out with my finger

Eyes:
- Mac "Satin Taupe" on lid
- Mac "Notoriety" (from Fabulous Felines quad) "Twinks" in crease
- NYX "Milk" Jumbo Eye Pencil in inner corner, with "Virgin" from Urban Decay Naked Palette on top
- Mac "Raven" Kohl Power Eye Pencil

Friday, February 11, 2011

NOTW: "Color So Hot It Berns" by OPI - Valentine's Day Manicure

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Holidays! Another theme-filled holiday is coming (I mean... you can totally do themed things around MLK Jr. Day but... I have no nail themed things for that) and that means nail art!
The base color, the red, is OPI's "Color So Hot It Berns" from the Swiss Collection. It's a nice, warm, creme red. Definitely more orange than blue based. The color doesn't go towards jelly either, as some reds can do, like OPI's "St. Petersburgundy". 
For me there is a huge different between a Christmas red and a Valentine's Day red. I feel like Christmas reds are much deeper, and are mostly not cremes, but shimmers and glitters. Probably because the reds that I gravitate towards during the Christmas time are the reds that are released with the fall collections, and are always those metallic, deep reds. When it comes to Valentine's Day, I reach for the creme reds because it always reminds me of those red heart boxes, or red satin. Just vibrant, happy reds. 
Random tangent aside, that's why I chose "Color So Hot It Berns". This was 3 coats. The formula was pretty buttery, smooth and pretty opaque. I used my two favorite top coats, Zoya Armour and Seche Vite and the end result made the red look like beautiful, shiny, plastic. I love it.
For my middle finger, I painted one coat of OPI's "Teenage Dream" from Katy Perry. I then transitioned Nubar's "Fire Sparkle" over it until it was a nice, opaque red sparkle at the tip. That was the fun side of Valentine's for me... the cute little cards kids make, the silly candy hearts. That stuff.
On my ring finger, I diagonally stamped one of the lacy designs from the Konad m57 Plate, with Konad's Special Polish in White. Under that I painted some China Glaze "Cleopatra" which is a gold sparkle with some silver holographic glitter dispersed through it. And that's the romantic, feminine, frilly side of Valentine's for me.
I could have obviously gone with hearts and pink and everything but I don't like heart designs over red. I'm picky :)
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Monday, February 7, 2011

NOTW: "Who The Shrek Are You?", "Simply Smashing" by OPI

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Since it's been so sunny and spring like I decided to go from a spunky magenta sparkle to a spring time green. This is 3 coats of OPI's "Who The Shrek Are You?" from OPI's summertime Shrek collaboration, with a coat of OPI's "Simply Smashing" from the recently released OPI Serena Williams collaboration. To spruce it up a little more (no pun intended) I stamped on some green leaves onto my accent nail using the Bundle Monster Nail Art Stamping Plates plate number BM19.
The first time I cracked open the OPI Shrek color, I loved it. The formula was great and wasn't fussy at all. This time, it was actually kind of annoying and I was kind of miffed about it. It was on the thicker side, and the polish tended to drag unevenly when applying multiple coats. It for sure needed two to three coats, and being me I used three, and it was so annoying to work with. I was sad to see that happen because I absolutely loved the polish the first time I used it.
On top of the Shrek is a single coat of the OPI Serena color. It's quite sheer with just one coat so it give the nails a nice slightly olive, golden, green sparkle. I was actually inspired to do that by AllLaqueredUp's most recent post about her bowling ball manicure. Her nails were much brighter than mine but I feel like it was an acceptable alternative for those who don't have the colors she used, especially because the shimmer she used was long discontinued and currently difficult to find.
OPI "Simply Smashing" is available still on TransDesign, if you're all wondering.
The color is actually more accurate in the photo below:
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And for those of you wondering, the nail design on my ring finger was made by the Bundle Monster set which is available on Amazon. It's a Fauxnad (Faux Konad) company that makes a bundle of nail art plates for much less than the standard Konad plates. They come with a lot of different patterns that will please anybody for the price they pay. I used BM19 and the little leaf pattern it comes it. Keep in mind that "little" is used because the pattern itself is much smaller than the Konad full nail designs so for those with smaller nails, like me, it's perfect. Otherwise, you'd have to stamp twice. The color I used was Mac's "Jade Dragon" from the F/W Nail Trend collection this past year.
The base coat I used this time was Anchor by Zoya, and the top coats were Armour by Zoya and finally Seche Vite on top.
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NHL Tutorial #12: Detroit Red Wings

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This tutorial is going to double as my Valentine's Day tutorial for this year, since I don't really like Valentine's Day, or the Red Wings. Sorry guys lol. And I'm not a bitter Valentine's Day person... when chocolate goes on sale, I'm there. And I loved it when I was little because it was fun. I just think it's a super lame holiday. 
Anyways, this look was sort of daunting when I first started the series. You guys can go back to that first post and see that I wrote "yeah, can't wait for Detroit" (or something along those lines). It's because their colors are red and white. Making a red and white makeup look is hard. Red eye shadow, unless smoked out or used in a rainbow is really difficult to use. 
In order to make it more wearable, I made it a white to pink eye with purple in the crease. Shimmery, girly and fun. The purple comes from the Red Wings' mascot, Al the Octopus (photo after the jump).
I paired it with a red lip just to make sure I incorporated red somewhere, but also gave a nude lip alternative.
Click the link for a full list of products and more photos!
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

NOTW: OPI "The One That Got Away" & "Teenage Dream"

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The main color in this is "The One That Got Away" from OPI's Katy Perry collection. It's a reddish magenta packed with glass fleck microshimmer. It's very much like the OPI Burlesque shimmers. The polish itself is almost exactly like "Let Me Entertain You" from OPI Burlesque, but "The One That Got Away" is a shade darker and a shade more pink.
Over top of it I layered "Teenage Dream" also from Katy Perry to give it an ultra glittery layer of fun lol. On it's own, "Teenage Dream" is a pink jelly with lots of different glitter in it. I layered it because at one coat, "Teenage Dream" is just glitter. I love it. 
I used 3 coats of "The One That Got Away" and 1 coat of "Teenage Dream". Both were fine, although with multiple coats, "Teenage Dream" can probably get annoying because it's a glitter.
Base coat I used was Zoya Anchor, and then I used both Zoya Armour and Seche Vite top coats. Again, may seem like overkill but my nails last so much longer when I use both.
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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vlog/Personal Channel

I just realized I don't think I ever talked about my personal stuff here.
I have a personal channel where I do vlogs and "Follow me around" things. You probably already knew that since I most of you have been sent here through my makeup channel. So yeah. Just in case though.

And here are likes to my:
- Tumblr
- Shuttercal
- Twitter
- Dailybooth
- Formspring

Review: Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Palette

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I realized I don't do as many reviews as I thought I should, especially around makeup items so I'm going to try and start to do more.
First one I have for you is a palette I absolutely love, and it's the Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland Palette. I've used it in a couple of tutorials and I've had it for about a month and a half now, which I guess is more than sufficient in terms of time to play around with it and the colors and such.
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There's a picture of everything it comes with... it's the insert that comes in the box so you can get a peak of what you're buying at the store. 
I got mine at Sephora, (and it was a Sephora Exclusive I believe...) which unfortunately doesn't have them in stock anymore. It was $49 and considering you get 15 eyeshadows, 2 full sized products, a blush and a bronzer, it's a total steal. Although the palette itself isn't in stock anymore, the reason I'm reviewing it is so you guys can get my opinion on the individual items that comes within the palette (shadows, Shadow Insurance, lip gloss etc).